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SoVaNow.com / October 26, 2017
The Halifax County High School cross country squads posted a pair of fourth place team efforts in Tuesday’s Piedmont District meet at Edmunds Park.

Franklin County won the boys’ side, with 40 points. Patrick County finished second, with 44. Bassett held down the third spot, with 46 points. Halifax was fourth, with 119 points. Tunstall finished fifth, with 142 points.

The Eagles also won the girls’ district crown. Franklin had 32 points, while Bassett had 44 and Tunstall 54. Halifax was fourth with 93.

“Coach (Melanie) Saunders and I were extremely pleased with the effort of the team today. We saw a ton of (personal record’s) for our course and quite a few season PR’s as well. To run our fastest times of the year at Edmunds says a lot. One one side it is our home and we are familiar with it but it is also one of the toughest courses we see all year. I think it speaks volumes for how hard this team has worked this season,” said coach David Riddle.

“We have regionals next week. We are dealing with a few injuries that we hope to have healed up soon and look to have a solid showing in Charlottesville next week,” said Riddle.

BOYS: Conner Kinkema of Bassett had the best time, 17:27. Carlton Redd led the Comets with a team-best finish of 21st, 20:09. Josh Dawson was 23rd, 20:42, with Ethan Blanks 25th, 21:04. Tyler Hudson was 28th, 21:22. Ben Irby was 29th, 21:29. Grant Nichols was 32nd, 21:59, and Brayden Moore was 36th, 23:23.

GIRLS: Julia Garcia of Franklin County led the pack, with a time of 20:38. Bassett’s Abbie Layne, was second quickest in 21:36. Abby Casen led the Comet finishers in 20th, with a time of 26:17. Kayla Waller was 21st, in 26:31. Janae Hansen was 24th, in 27:11. Jessica Watts was 25th, in 27:13. Tyra Murray was 26th, in 27:13. Maci Henderson was 32nd, in 29:24. Summer Lacks was 34th in 30:17.

JAYVEE RESULTS: Halifax showcased several runners in the Piedmont jayvee meet. On the boys’ side, Trevor Riddle ran a 22:54, with other Comets posting respectable finishes. These included Jackson Dunavant (23:08); Jacob Crews (23:17); Jake Carr (23:18); West Conner (23:26); Gordon Taylor (24:49) and Jay Francisco (27:46).

Halifax had six jayvee girls in competition, Hannah Bush (30:10); Mollie Conner (30:59); Jillian Crews (32:06); Cheyenne McElroy (33:00); Mackenzie Patterson (40;00) and Jamie Shelton (41:03).





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